The day Jake Tapper Elected Donald Trump

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The day Jake Tapper Elected Donald Trump

A lot of my friends on the right don’t like Jake Tap­per much these days Jon Nolte who I absolutely love dropped him last year over these two inter­views:

In full grand­stand­ing, self-​righteous mode (we’ve seen this Tap­per come out against Repub­li­cans before), Tap­per ham­mers Trump over this judge 23 times — 23 freakin’ times! Tap­per refuses to move on for about 4 minutes.

Note, though, how Tap­per hides cru­cially impor­tant and mit­i­gat­ing infor­ma­tion from his audi­ence, like the judge’s cozy rela­tion­ship with the racist hate-​group La Raza.

And this is not the first time in his quest to destroy Trump that Tap­per has hid­den infor­ma­tion from his audience.

Back in Feb­ru­ary, Tap­per asked Trump if he would con­demn David Duke and the KKK. Trump famously bun­gled the ques­tion, but dur­ing the inter­view, Tap­per chose not to dis­close the cru­cially impor­tant fact that less than 24 hours ear­lier, Trump had not only dis­avowed David Duke but done so with­out being asked to do so. Tap­per pre­tend­ing that for the first time he is ask­ing Trump to do some­thing he had just vol­un­tar­ily done is pro­pa­ganda not journalism.

With all of that in mind, watch the video below… The key part of Tapper’s Hillary Clin­ton inter­view occurs near the end at the 6:20 mark, where Tap­per prac­ti­cally apol­o­gizes to Hillary for bring­ing up the myr­iad of scan­dals sur­round­ing the cor­rupt Clin­ton Foun­da­tion (“And I’m not equat­ing Trump Uni­ver­sity with the Clin­ton Foun­da­tion,” Tap­per squeaks.). More­over, after she not only dodges the ques­tion with lies (“we’ve dis­closed every­thing”) and then uses the ques­tion to attack Trump, Tap­per doesn’t ask a SIN­GLE FOL­LOW UP (much less 23).

And since Trump’s elec­tion has been even harder on him:

Note how Tap­per care­fully avoided stat­ing that Trump mocked an actual dis­abil­ity. Well, he can­not come out and say that because it is a lie. If you recall, though, that was the orig­i­nal charge — that Trump openly mocked the spe­cific hand­i­cap of this reporter. But now that every­one knows that this accu­sa­tion is a lie, in order to keep the accu­sa­tion alive, Tap­per weasels his words into the more gen­er­al­ized charge that Trump “make[s] fun of dis­abled peo­ple” — as though Trump should con­de­scend to the hand­i­capped and treat dis­hon­est reporters with a dis­abil­ity any dif­fer­ent from dis­hon­est reporters with­out one.

The lat­est entry comes from another friend Stephen Krusier

I’ve been mys­ti­fied for the last cou­ple of years as to why so many con­ser­v­a­tives on social media think that Jake Tap­per is one of the good guys in the MSM. Yes, he gives sup­port to the mil­i­tary, which one doesn’t see a lot from the left­media. Beyond that, how­ever, he is a garden-​variety Demo­c­rat advo­cate media hack. He loves stick­ing it to con­ser­v­a­tives on social media and Repub­li­cans when­ever he can. This non­sense he’s offer­ing the equally hack­tas­tic Col­bert only makes sense if you are in the camp that doesn’t acknowl­edge the essen­tial truth about Joe McCarthy: that he was right.

Let me stip­u­late for the record that both Krusier and Nolte are right that Jake is wrong about Trump and that he seems to have it in for him more than other do. My pur­pose in this post isn’t to defend Jake Tap­per as I already wrote that post months ago but I do want to make an impor­tant point con­cern­ing Jake Tapper.

He elected Don­ald Trump.

Now you might be think­ing “DaT­e­chGuy you’re crazy, how can you make a state­ment like that?”

Here’s how.

I will con­cede that Jake was very hard on Trump dur­ing the run up to the elec­tion but he was also will­ing to hit Clin­ton both before the pri­maries :

While this morn­ing Politico was spin­ning Nancy Pelosi Jake Tap­per decided in proper jour­nal­ist fash­ion to unspin Hillary Clin­ton

as mem­bers of the Obama admin­is­tra­tion can attest, Clin­ton was one of the lead­ing dri­vers of the TPP when Sec­re­tary of State. Here are 45 instances when she approv­ingly invoked the trade bill about which she is now express­ing concerns:

Tapper’s piece give 45 exam­ples of Hillary Clin­ton pub­licly sup­port­ing the bill.

and right before the gen­eral elec­tion when Donna Brazile feed­ing her ques­tions came out

Jake Tap­per told me ear­lier this morn­ing that the news that his for­mer CNN col­league, Donna Brazile, obtained ques­tions in advance of a CNN Town Hall event and then for­warded them to the Clin­ton Cam­paign was “very trou­bling” and “horrifying.”

Now of course both of these were pin­pricks com­pared to the anti-​Trump onslaught but the day Jake Tap­per elected Don­ald Trump wasn’t a day when he reported on Clin­ton lies or pushed Trump. It was Sept 11th 2016 when he choose to report the news straight as it hap­pened while every­one else did not.

Let me take you back to that fate­ful morn­ing. Hillary Clin­ton was at a 911 cer­e­mony and sud­denly had issues. Fox’s Rick Lev­en­thal imme­di­ately tweeted it out and wrote about it

and while conser­v­a­tives were all over it, imme­di­ately every­one on the left went into full dam­age con­trol spin mode to pro­tect her and CNN was the worst:

I’ve just sat through a Mr. Seltzer and a panel of three dis­cuss the story, the only per­son I knew off the top of my head was the ultra far left Kat­rina van­den Heuvel of the Nation. UPDATE: another was David Zurawik of the Bal­ti­more sun and the other Tara Sot­mayor) They had very lit­tle to say about Hillary Clin­ton but a lot to say about Fox news. They had no prob­lem using words like “con­spir­acy”, “irre­spon­si­ble” and were united in paint­ing the Fox story as poorly soured, overblown and attack­ing the net­work for report­ing it. Nowhere on the panel was any per­son defend­ing the story, or pro­vid­ing any bal­ance and let me remind you this is a show about tak­ing an unbi­ased look at the media.

For a full hour they played this story as if it was com­pletely phony some­thing that the MSM could eas­ily ignore and dis­count as a Fox/​Breitbart trick. I was watch­ing them do it at the time and tweeted:

And then Jake Tap­per took over, live.

Instead of the usual repeat of the 9 am show Tap­per took the stage live and did some­thing nobody on the net­work did, he treated the story as an actual news story, showed the video and ques­tioned. Here is what I wrote at the time:

mean­while in a dis­as­ter­ous devleop­ment for the Clin­ton Cam­paign Jake Tap­per is now live on CNN mean­ing that the net­work will prac­tice actual jour­nal­ism for a while.

In fact he just played the video of her stumbling.

On twit­ter you could see the meme change in real time

And the whole con­ver­sa­tion changed

Once Tap­per played it as straight news so did Chris Cil­lizza at the Wash­ing­ton Post

I wrote this on Tues­day morning:

The sim­ple fact is that there is zero evi­dence that any­thing is seri­ously wrong with Clin­ton. If suf­fer­ing an occa­sional cough­ing fit is evi­dence of a major health prob­lem, then 75 per­cent of the coun­try must have that mys­tery ill­ness. And I am one of them.

Well, that is no longer oper­a­tive. Con­text mat­ters. A cough­ing episode is almost always just a cough­ing episode. But when cou­pled with Clinton’s “over­heat­ing” on Sun­day morn­ing — with tem­per­a­tures some­thing short of swel­ter­ing — Clin­ton and her team sim­ply need to say some­thing about what hap­pened (and why the press was in the dark for so long.)

and the dam was broken.

Hillary’s health was no longer a story con­fined to con­ser­v­a­tive media, it was a legit story to be reported by the MSM.

The sage of elec­tion 2016 Scott Adams put it best

when it comes to Amer­i­can psy­chol­ogy, there is no more pow­er­ful sym­bol of ter­ror­ism and fear than 911 . When a would-​be Commander-​in-​Chief with­ers – lit­er­ally – in front of our most emo­tional reminder of an attack on the home­land, we feel unsafe. And safety is our first priority.

Hillary Clin­ton just became unelectable.

I sub­mit and sug­gest none of this breaks into the MSM if either CNN decides to play the repeat of Tap­per at noon that day or Jake decides to play down the inci­dent as Reli­able Sources did before him and the rest of the CNN team did after he got off the air. This was break­ing news hap­pen­ing on a Sun­day where peo­ple were avail­able and would nat­u­rally switch to CNN to find out about break­ing news and there was Jake Tap­per, the sin­gle most trusted reporter on that sta­tion play­ing it straight.

Now my fel­low con­ser­v­a­tive writ­ers and blog­gers can argue that this moment doesn’t can­cel out Jake Tapper’s anti-​Trump obses­sion for the last year and I’m sure they will make plenty of fine points 90% of which that I might agree with.

But for my money none of that can hap­pen if Tap­per decides to tow the Hillary Cam­paign line dur­ing those crit­i­cal two hours. Even Hillary vot­ers under­stood that she was dis­hon­est but the idea that she might not be up to being Pres­i­dent phys­i­cally was estab­lished that day and it was Jake Tap­per who did it.

I think I, the entire coun­try and the world, is in his debt for it.

Clos­ing thought: I sus­pect we’ll see a counter point sug­gest­ing that this is why he is so hard on Trump, he blames him­self for his election.


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A lot of my friends on the right don’t like Jake Tapper much these days Jon Nolte who I absolutely love dropped him last year over these two interviews:

In full grandstanding, self-righteous mode (we’ve seen this Tapper come out against Republicans before), Tapper hammers Trump over this judge 23 times — 23 freakin’ times! Tapper refuses to move on for about 4 minutes.

Note, though, how Tapper hides crucially important and mitigating information from his audience, like the judge’s cozy relationship with the racist hate-group La Raza.

And this is not the first time in his quest to destroy Trump that Tapper has hidden information from his audience.

Back in February, Tapper asked Trump if he would condemn David Duke and the KKK. Trump famously bungled the question, but during the interview, Tapper chose not to disclose the crucially important fact that less than 24 hours earlier, Trump had not only disavowed David Duke but done so without being asked to do so. Tapper pretending that for the first time he is asking Trump to do something he had just voluntarily done is propaganda not journalism.

With all of that in mind, watch the video below… The key part of Tapper’s Hillary Clinton interview occurs near the end at the 6:20 mark, where Tapper practically apologizes to Hillary for bringing up the myriad of scandals surrounding the corrupt Clinton Foundation (“And I’m not equating Trump University with the Clinton Foundation,” Tapper squeaks.). Moreover, after she not only dodges the question with lies (“we’ve disclosed everything“) and then uses the question to attack Trump, Tapper doesn’t ask a SINGLE FOLLOW UP (much less 23).

And since Trump’s election has been even harder on him:

Note how Tapper carefully avoided stating that Trump mocked an actual disability. Well, he cannot come out and say that because it is a lie. If you recall, though, that was the original charge — that Trump openly mocked the specific handicap of this reporter. But now that everyone knows that this accusation is a lie, in order to keep the accusation alive, Tapper weasels his words into the more generalized charge that Trump “make[s] fun of disabled people” — as though Trump should condescend to the handicapped and treat dishonest reporters with a disability any different from dishonest reporters without one.

The latest entry comes from another friend Stephen Krusier

I’ve been mystified for the last couple of years as to why so many conservatives on social media think that Jake Tapper is one of the good guys in the MSM. Yes, he gives support to the military, which one doesn’t see a lot from the leftmedia. Beyond that, however, he is a garden-variety Democrat advocate media hack. He loves sticking it to conservatives on social media and Republicans whenever he can. This nonsense he’s offering the equally hacktastic Colbert only makes sense if you are in the camp that doesn’t acknowledge the essential truth about Joe McCarthy: that he was right.

Let me stipulate for the record that both Krusier and Nolte are right that Jake is wrong about Trump and that he seems to have it in for him more than other do.  My purpose in this post isn’t to defend Jake Tapper as I already wrote that post months ago but I do want to make an important point concerning Jake Tapper.

He elected Donald Trump.

Now you might be thinking “DaTechGuy you’re crazy, how can you make a statement like that?”

Here’s how.

I will concede that Jake was very hard on Trump during the run up to the election but he was also willing to hit Clinton both before the primaries :

While this morning Politico was spinning Nancy Pelosi Jake Tapper decided in proper journalist fashion to unspin Hillary Clinton

as members of the Obama administration can attest, Clinton was one of the leading drivers of the TPP when Secretary of State. Here are 45 instances when she approvingly invoked the trade bill about which she is now expressing concerns:

Tapper’s piece give 45 examples of Hillary Clinton publicly supporting the bill.

and right before the general election when Donna Brazile feeding her questions came out

Jake Tapper told me earlier this morning that the news that his former CNN colleague, Donna Brazile, obtained questions in advance of a CNN Town Hall event and then forwarded them to the Clinton Campaign was “very troubling” and “horrifying.”

Now of course both of these were pinpricks  compared to the anti-Trump onslaught but the day Jake Tapper elected Donald Trump wasn’t a day when he reported on Clinton lies or pushed Trump.  It was Sept 11th 2016 when he choose to report the news straight as it happened while everyone else did not.

Let me take you back to that fateful morning.  Hillary Clinton was at a 9/11 ceremony and suddenly had issues.   Fox’s Rick Leventhal immediately tweeted it out and wrote about it

and while conservatives were all over it,  immediately everyone on the left went into full damage control spin mode to protect her and CNN was the worst:

I’ve just sat through a Mr. Seltzer and a panel of three discuss the story, the only person I knew off the top of my head was the ultra far left Katrina vanden Heuvel of the Nation. UPDATE: another was David Zurawik of the Baltimore sun and the other Tara Sotmayor) They had very little to say about Hillary Clinton but a lot to say about Fox news. They had no problem using words like “conspiracy”, “irresponsible” and were united in painting the Fox story as poorly soured, overblown and attacking the network for reporting it. Nowhere on the panel was any person defending the story, or providing any balance and let me remind you this is a show about taking an unbiased look at the media.

For a full hour they played this story as if it was completely phony something that the MSM could easily ignore and discount as a Fox/Breitbart trick.  I was watching them do it at the time and tweeted:

And then Jake Tapper took over, live.

Instead of the usual repeat of the 9 am show Tapper took the stage live and did something nobody on the network did, he treated the story as an actual news story, showed the video and questioned. Here is what I wrote at the time:

meanwhile in a disasterous devleopment for the Clinton Campaign Jake Tapper is now live on CNN meaning that the network will practice actual journalism for a while.

In fact he just played the video of her stumbling.

On twitter you could see the meme change in real time

And the whole conversation changed

Once Tapper played it as straight news so did Chris Cillizza at the Washington Post

I wrote this on Tuesday morning:

The simple fact is that there is zero evidence that anything is seriously wrong with Clinton. If suffering an occasional coughing fit is evidence of a major health problem, then 75 percent of the country must have that mystery illness. And I am one of them.

Well, that is no longer operative. Context matters. A coughing episode is almost always just a coughing episode. But when coupled with Clinton’s “overheating” on Sunday morning — with temperatures something short of sweltering — Clinton and her team simply need to say something about what happened (and why the press was in the dark for so long.)

and the dam was broken.

Hillary’s health was no longer a story confined to conservative media, it was a legit story to be reported by the MSM.

The sage of election 2016 Scott Adams put it best 

when it comes to American psychology, there is no more powerful symbol of terrorism and fear than 9-11 . When a would-be Commander-in-Chief withers – literally – in front of our most emotional reminder of an attack on the homeland, we feel unsafe. And safety is our first priority.

Hillary Clinton just became unelectable.

I submit and suggest none of this breaks into the MSM if either CNN decides to play the repeat of Tapper at noon that day or Jake decides to play down the incident as Reliable Sources did before him and the rest of the CNN team did after he got off the air.  This was breaking news happening on a Sunday where people were available and would naturally switch to CNN to find out about breaking news and there was Jake Tapper, the single most trusted reporter on that station playing it straight.

Now my fellow conservative writers and bloggers can argue that this moment doesn’t cancel out Jake Tapper’s anti-Trump obsession for the last year and I’m sure they will make plenty of fine points 90% of which that I might agree with.

But for my money none of that can happen if Tapper decides to tow the Hillary Campaign line during those critical two hours.  Even Hillary voters understood that she was dishonest but the idea that she might not be up to being President physically was established that day and it was Jake Tapper who did it.

I think I, the entire country and the world, is in his debt for it.

Closing thought:  I suspect we’ll see a counter point suggesting that this is why he is so hard on Trump, he blames himself for his election.


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